By Christina Wright
Thanks to a diet high in fat and processed foods, and more sedentary lifestyles, an astounding 1.5 billion adults in the world are overweight. In order to redefine healthy eating habits and illustrate how they impact the environment, Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) created the Double Pyramid of Food and the Environment.
BCFN is a research institute that was created in 2009 by the Italian pasta and food company, Barilla Group. The Advisory Board is comprised of seven international experts, including Barbara Buchner, Director of Climate Policy Initiative of Venice, Dr. Gabriele Riccardi, President-elect of the Italian Diabetology Society, and John Reilly, Co-Director of The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, among others, who have spent their professional careers in agriculture, climate change, economics, human nutrition, medicine, and research. BCFN concentrates on four themes, including food for sustainable growth, food for health, food for culture, and food for all. Since 2010, the main focus of food for all has been the Double Pyramid of Food and the Environment.